Before Christmas, Merrie joined us to chat about the trick to writing contemporary (and to host an amazing giveaway...Don't miss it!). We are here today to talk about her debut, Lost Girls, which had my heart from the beginning of the story and kept it tight in its grip through the end. Lost Girls is not just one girl's story, but a life that many girls and women are faced with all over world. Lost Girls is not to be missed!
The problem is, everyone, from my parents to my teachers to the police, says that stuff didn’t happen yesterday. It happened last year.
Rachel just woke up and found herself in an unfamiliar life. Sure, she still has the same family, she's still in the same body...But she's changed. Her best friend is no longer her best friend and a whole year is missing from her life. She is dating a new boy, Dylan, who cares for her deeply. Their relationship was my favorite part of the book.
Maybe good things are like bad things. They all come to an end sometime.
This book is gritty. It's dark. It's intense. I'd be surprised if you could pick it up and put it down without finishing at least half of it in one sitting. It's THAT addictive.
I appreciate Merrie's ability to draw you in and make you feel what the characters are feeling. The build over the course of the book is constantly engaging. More mysteries are uncovered throughout the story yet everything is tied up at the end.
by Merrie Defestano
Published: January 3rd 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.
She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.
Black to cover the blood.
And she can fight.
Tell no one.
She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.
But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…
The only rule is: There are no rules.